COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Outbreak: Migrant workers

As the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic continues to have widespread impacts on workforces globally, migrant workers are among those bearing the brunt of the crisis. Human rights groups and construction asssociations have warned that migrant workers are disproportionately at risk from the impact of the pandemic, due to inadequate and crowded living conditions, lockdowns and harsh containment measures, limited access to healthcare and basic services, poor working conditions and explotiative labour systems. This section will feature the latest news on the impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak in relation to migrant workers.

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10 June 2020

Saudi Arabia: 30 Indian petroleum workers on two month stint stranded during COVID-19 lockdown

Author: The Times of India

"30 stranded in Saudi Arabia seek Guj help," 4 Jun 2020...

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9 June 2020

Oman: Indian nurses choose between low wages, long hours & insufficient PPE or job cuts & worsening bank loans

Author: Rejimon Kuttappan, The Lede

"Angels in Distress: Indian nurses in Gulf work under exploitative conditions," 6 Jun 2020...

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9 June 2020

UAE: Emaar Properties' Indian migrant workers say they are stranded in co. camp & beg for help to get home

In June 2020 we asked Emaar Properties to respond to a video shared by The Lede on Twitter which raised serious concerns about the welfare of Emaar Properties’ migrant workers. In the video Indian workers in Al Qouz Camp 2, who say they work for Emaar...

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8 June 2020
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Author: Adam Djibril, Manon Minaca et A.L., Guiti News

« Comment le confinement a compliqué la situation des travailleurs sans-papiers », 1er juin 2020....

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8 June 2020

Impacts of COVID-19 on supply chain workers in the electronics sector

Electronics factory in Shenzhen - photo credit: Steve Jurvetson COVID-19 poses risks to workers in global supply chains, including those in the electronics sector, and in particular workers in vulnerable conditions such as migrant workers. Such risks ...

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8 June 2020

Oman: Stranded Muscat Bakery workers allege unpaid salaries & face expired visa fines; co. response provided

In May 2020, the Lede reported on the large number of workers stranded in the Gulf on expired visas. These workers face overstaying fines after their employers refuse to renew visas or they are unable to pay the cost of renewing visas themselves....

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8 June 2020

So. Africa: Exponential rise of Covid-19 cases in mines raise fears sector could become the pandemic epicentre

Author: City Press - News24

"The mining industry is becoming SA’s new Covid-19 epicentre"...

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7 June 2020

Amnesty International urges Lebanese authorities to protect migrant workers abandoned without pay, belongings or passports

Author: Amnesty International

"Lebanon: Abandoned migrant domestic workers must be protected"...

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5 June 2020
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Author: Elise Gazengel, RFI

« Espagne: le traitement des travailleurs migrants et saisonniers fait polémique » 3 juin 2020...

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5 June 2020
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Author: Damon Embling & Euronews

«L'esclavage moderne continue de sévir : les plus vulnérables fragilisés par la crise sanitaire» 5 juin 2020...

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